Oldie but Goodie is a monthly column where we feature noteworthy restaurants, cafes or bars that have been open at least six months and are worth a try.
Opened in 2013 by two Chinese owners who, upon graduating from school in Australia, returned to discover Guangzhou’s dearth of burgers, 63 Steak & Burger in Canton Place is the city’s go-to hamburger joint, catering to the affluent with hanbao of all flavors and combinations. During its first two years of business, more than 20 different burgers dominated the menu.
Today, the variety has diminished somewhat, though there are still 13 sizable burgers to choose from, including the popular juicy Lucy burger (RMB88) stacked with a beef patty, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and mustard sauce, or the Mexico beef burger (RMB98) made with a rye bun, beef patty and nachos drizzled with chili con carne and jalapeno sauce. Be sure to ask for extra napkins before you wave your sauce-covered palm at the waitresses.
To crank it up a notch, 63 Steak & Burger challenges brave stomachs to devour the ‘Challenger Burger’ set (RMB198), comprised of a massive face-sized burger with a 500-gram beef patty, smoked bacon and vegetables, an extra-large coke and a pile of chips. If you can gobble the monstrous meal down in 15 minutes or less, it’s on the house.
If you prefer a classier repast, the imported Australian steaks are also first-class and come with either mushroom or black pepper sauce, Dijon mustard or red wine and butter.
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